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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

BREAKING: Food Trucks and Politics - Dinner Time GOTV for Box!

If Stephen Box pushes veteran Tom LaBonge into a run-off tonight; it may be because of the Food Trucks.

Bottom line is this - old school Tom HATES the food trucks and has tried to make their lives miserable. Stephen Box has been quite supportive on the other hand and has earned massive support from the trucks and their foodie fans.  Box has even organized meet-ups of trucks and voters that have been quite successful.

Something interesting is happening right now - in a scene perhaps reminiscent of Egypt the downtrodden masses are using social media to turf out a decades in power dictator.  Twitter is abuzz with food truck operators and fans tweeting out the vote for Box.  


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Anonymous Anonymous said:

"food truck operators and fans"

A "revolution" of a few hundred people, at best?

I know it's boring to ALWAYS have your favorites lose, Mayor Sam's blog writers, but you make your own bed.

But, DO try to avoid the last-minute, (will never pay off) melodramatics.

It's REALLY sad.

March 08, 2011 5:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"reminiscent" of Egypt?

Hoooo, ha! What a laugher.

And, wasn't "Egypt" just like a COUPLE weeks ago, that you're "reminiscing" about?

YEAH, what happened to those GREAT OLD DAYS of last month.

March 08, 2011 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gatto truthers in the house...

March 08, 2011 6:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope Huizar gets his ass kicked tonight, but I admit that I am secretly looking forward to the alternative, and the sheer joy of getting to watch Red Spot facing YEARS of abuse for posting HUNDREDS of anti-Huizar crap and it amounting to nothing.

Either way, we win.

March 08, 2011 8:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

With absentees, Box is a VERY distant third. If any PUSHES LaBonge into a run-off, it won't be Box.


March 08, 2011 9:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope the first 3 to 6 thousand votes do not reflect the final outcome. If so, the same ol' will be at the horse shoe.

March 08, 2011 9:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Tubby -Where is Red Spot? Is he already eating his humble pie? unde

March 08, 2011 11:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

LaBonge and Huizar won. Why?

March 09, 2011 12:04 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nobody won with 50% of the vote in.

March 09, 2011 1:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations to the winners. While they may not be the first choice of many of us they did win we just need to work harder next time. Next time some of them won't be there. We need to work together if the good ship Los Angeles is to move forward. Though it is hard to imagine with districts of 260,000 people that only 14,000 or less vote. I don't get it.

March 09, 2011 6:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You are on the the wrong side of the food truck battle. They are pirates, exactly the same as the guys selling bootlegged CD's on the street corner. Many of these areas where they operate are have business improvement districts where the business owners are paying for sidewalk maintenance.

You can't just drive up in front of somebody else's business and start selling a competing product.

Tell these people to invest in the community like the restaurant owners. Let's see how long they last.

It's not Tom LaBonge that is against the trucks...The hundreds of business owners that have called and complained to his office are against the trucks.

This problem should have been dealt with 20 years ago, and it would have been, if it wasn't politically incorrect to go after illegal taco trucks.

March 09, 2011 8:36 AM  

Anonymous g said:

read my entry on box and martinez

March 09, 2011 2:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was on mid-Wilshire today, and heading east near some of the larger high-rises in that area were no less than 15 brightly colored and painted food trucks, within about 2-3 blocks... all lumbering down the street looking for parking spots.

It's become insane. Regular traffic can't even move mid-morning as this flotilla of "gourmet" weird food trucks jockeys to get in position.

They stick out into traffic, they're cutthroat about getting the best spots, and they make it so that people who have quick errands, or really do need to do other business in the area, have no choices other than paying the obscene "DOLLAR-PER-SECOND" parking rates at the nearby building garages.

To say nothing of what they're doing to the revenue stream for brick-and-mortar cafes along there... who actually PAY property and business taxes and do far more to keep our communities up than the fly-by-night truck owners.

Plus, when was the last time you saw an "A" rating (or "B" or "C") posted on any of them, by the way?

Never? Of course, that's because they are NOT inspected by health authorities and rated for cleanliness the way regular restaurants are.

There's a reason that for years these "trendy" new eateries were generically known as ROACH COACHES, and the evidence of it may soon be found in the health issues they introduce into the diets of the people who frequent them.

March 09, 2011 2:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

And they are taking all the meters.

Do you know why we have parking meters?

They were invented by business owners in Oklahoma City to keep people from blocking the fronts of their stores.

The metered parking spaces were never meant to be gourmet food markets nor temporary parks nor anything else. They are part of the infrastructure that was built to facilitate the operating of the businesses and services located on private property.

And if you read the state vehicle code it says that the City may collect the meter money "to offset the cost of operating the parking district."

Nowhere does it say that the City should be able to make a profit from them....So how can you sell them to an investor as a business opportunity?

If anybody is interested..I encourage you to follow the money generated from LA parking meters and compare that to the authority set forth in the State vehicle code.

Ban the food trucks to construction sites and events.

Put the meters back to use for the businesses.

March 10, 2011 1:14 PM  

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